O King of all nations and keystone of the Church: come and save man, whom you formed from the dust!
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
The Canticle of Hannah (which is the Responsorial Psalm of today) is the source of the Canticle of Mary. What is remarkable is that both canticles speak of God’s favor (God’s preferential option) for the humble and the poor. The picture today is of an Appalachian Mother & Child from the Great Depression. The Christmas Carol is from Colombia and is about poverty, El Niño No Nos Trajo (The Baby Jesus Brought Us Nothing).